When/where: 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence
TV/radio: ESPNU; KCSP (610 AM)
The series: Baylor leads 8-4
The line: Baylor by 34 1/2
Whats at stake
For Kansas, the Jayhawks are still trying to stop a 24-game Big 12 losing streak, something Baylor knows all about. The Bears lost a record 29 consecutive conference games from 1998 to 2002. The streak was bookended by victories over Kansas. Now KU would like to end its streak against a Baylor program that has emerged from the depths and landed among the nations elite.
Kansas can slow the game down. Its not a pretty way to play, but Kansas coach Charlie Weis has turned to a controlled and conservative plan the last two weeks. To beat Baylor an offense averaging 64 points per game KU will have to score. But Kansas only has a chance if the game is in the 20s or 30s.
Freshman quarterback Montell Cozart doesnt get some opportunities to throw. Charlie Weis pulled the redshirt off Cozart last week against Oklahoma, but he was limited to running plays while playing a handful of snaps. Cozart is expected to get more snaps against Baylor. Hopefully he gets a few chances to show off his arm.
Three things about Baylor
1 Art Briles is in his sixth season as Baylors head coach. He is 24-8 since 2011. He recorded a 15-22 record in his first three seasons.
2 Quarterback Bryce Petty has put up some video-game numbers; he leads the nation in pass efficiency (221.8) and yards per completion (19.83). He also leads the Big 12 in completion percentage (70.8).
3 If Baylor beats Kansas, it will set a school record with its 11th straight victory. The previous record was set during the 1936 and 1937 seasons. Three of the wins have come against top 25 teams.
Baylors Lache Seastrunk vs. the KU defense: Seastrunk, a junior who began his career at Oregon, told The Sporting News last December that he would win the Heisman Trophy this season. Hes backed up the talk, rushing for 9.2 yards per carry while racking up 760 yards in six games.
KANSAS (2-4, 0-3 Big 12)
|Sept. 7||South Dakota||W, 31-14|
|Sept. 14||at Rice||L, 23-14|
|Sept. 21||Louisiana Tech||W, 13-10|
|Oct. 5||Texas Tech||L, 54-16|
|Oct. 12||at TCU||L, 27-17|
|Oct. 19||Oklahoma||L, 34-19|
|Nov. 2||at Texas||2:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|Nov. 16||West Virginia||TBA|
|Nov. 23||at Iowa State||TBA|
|Nov. 30||Kansas State||TBA|
BAYLOR (6-0, 3-0 Big 12)
|Aug. 31||Wofford||W, 69-3|
|Sept. 7||Buffalo||W, 70-13|
|Sept. 21||Louisiana-Monroe||W, 70-7|
|Oct. 5||West Virginia||W, 73-42|
|Oct. 12||at Kansas State||W, 35-25|
|Oct. 19||Iowa State||W, 71-7|
|Saturday||at Kansas||6 p.m.|
|Nov. 7||Oklahoma||6:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||vs. Texas Tech*||TBA|
|Nov. 23||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|Nov. 30||at TCU||TBA|
Rustin Dodds pick: Baylor 49-20
This is not your fathers Baylor. Kansas has made some defensive strides this year, but the Bears have the most dangerous offense in the country. Baylors closest game came in a 10-point win at Kansas State. The Wildcats ran all over Baylor, slowing the game down. Thats the blueprint.
Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org